The term potholes has a truly ancient origin which accurately describes their origin.  Many suns and moons ago it was the habit of those who lived on and by the land to move to new places where there may be better hunting, farming or access to other resources which would be needed by a community.  Carrying their cookware was an onerous task; it was heavy and also fragile. In the pottery styles of the time - rustic and exigent - pots were readily made provided that there was a suitable clay to be found and that there was the wood required for the kiln.  Thus our forbears would seize upon any well looking source of clay by the side of the paths by which they travelled and from this source would be made pots and platters as required. Naturally such holes were never back filled and they became known as pot holes - or, as we might note, potholes.

We no longer have the excuse of digging up lumps of clay by any roadside in order to form our stoneware.  But ... we do still encounter potholes.  These can be both very dangerous and very damaging both to motorists and to cyclists.  If you are a motorist following a cyclist do bear in mind that the cyclist may need to move suddenly out of their expected path in order to avoid a pot hole - please keep your distance and be patient. Such potholes may hardly be noticed by a motorist but they can be both injurious and damaging for a cyclist.

For a motorist, whose encounter with a significant pothole may cause significant damage, it is necessary to bring the existence of such road deterioration to the notice of the Hampshire countey council roads department.  Start with this link (potholes in Hampshire) and progress. A replacement alloy wheel and tyre along with re-alignment of tracking can readily exceed 400£ for most family sized cars and, in rare circumstances, the county council may accept their  obligation to recompense such damage. 

There is a number of roads in the Lockerley area which are narrow and which exhibit surface deterioration particularly after winter months. Examples include the road from Butts Green to Dunbridge, the road from Butts Green to Awbridge and Mount Lane.  Part of the reason lies in the existence of springs whose output may possibly never have been properly managed when the roads were adopted.  Running surface water is also a particular hazard in icy weathers.